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CHAPTER III. AUNT JANE. The St. Johns had one relative, and only
one, so far as they knew. This was Miss Jane Maydew, who lived in
London, the aunt of their mother, a lady who possessed in her own
right?but, alas, only in the form of an annuity?the magnificent
income of two hundred and fifty pounds a year. To think that this
old lady, with only herself to think of, should have fifty pounds
more yearly than a clergyman with a family, and all the parish
looking to him ! More than once this idea had crossed even Hester's
mind, though she was very reasonable and could make her pounds go
further than most people. Miss Maydew was not very much older than
her niece, but yet she was an old lady, sixty-five, orthereabouts.
She liked her little comforts as well as most people, yet she had
laid by fifty pounds of her income for the last twenty years, with
the utmost regularity. A thousand pounds is a pretty little sum of
money, but it does not seem much to account for twenty years of
savings. A stockbroker might make it easily in a morning by a mere
transfer from one hand to another; and to think how much wear and
tear of humanity can be in it on the other hand! It is discouraging
to poor economists to feel how little they can do, labour as they
may; but I don't think Miss Maydew had anything of this feeling.
She was on the contrary very proud of her thousand pounds. It was
her own creation, she had made it out of nothing; and the name of
it, a thousand pounds! was as a strain of music in her ears, like
the name of a favourite child. Perhaps it was the completion of
this beautiful sum, rounded and finished like a poem, which gave
her something of that satisfaction and wish for repose which
follows the completion of every great work; and this brought about
her visit to Brentburn, and al...
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